Shruti (actress)

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Shruti
Chairperson of the Karnataka Women’s Development Corporation
In office
2008 – June 2009
Succeeded by D. S. Aswath
Personal details
Born Girija
(1975-09-18) 18 September 1975 (age 42)
Hassan, Karnataka, India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
(2008–13; 2014–present)
Other political
affiliations
Karnataka Janata Paksha
(2013–14)
Spouse(s)
S. Mahendar
(m. 1998; div. 2009)

Chakravarthy Chandrachud
(m. 2013; div. 2014)
Relatives Sharan (brother)
Occupation Actress, politician

Girija (born 18 September 1975),[1][2] known by her screen name Shruti, is an Indian actress, television personality and politician. As an actress, she is known for her work in Kannada cinema and has appeared in over 100 films. She is currently serving as chief secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party's women's wing in its Karnataka cadre.

In addition to Kannada, Shruti has appeared in a handful Tamil and Malayalam films. She was among the leading actresses in Kannada cinema during the 1990s and has won three Karnataka State Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards South in her career spanning over 25 years. She is known for performance in films such as Gauri Ganesha (1991), Aagatha (1995), Kalki (1996), Gowdru (2004), Akka Thangi (2008) and Puttakkana Highway (2011). She is sister of actor Sharan. In 2016, she won the third season of the reality television show Bigg Boss Kannada.[3]

Shruti joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2008. She was made the chairperson of the Karnataka Women and Child Development Corporation before being removed in 2009. In 2013, she joined the Karnataka Janata Paksha which eventually merged in 2014 with the BJP.[4]

Early life[edit]

Born in a Kannada speaking family in Karnataka, Shruti's birth name is Girija. She was rechristened as Shruti by the famous actor-director Dwarakish who introduced her as a leading star for his 1990 film Shruthi.

Career[edit]

Shruthi was in Puttur in her early ages of life. Shruti started her cinema career as a supporting actress and acted in Kannada movie Aasegobba Meesegobba as Shivarajkumar's sister. Later in the year 1990, she acted as heroine in the movie Shruthi directed and produced by Dwarakish. This movie was a successful one running over 25 weeks. Some of the most famous and successful Kannada movies from Shruti are, Shruti, Taayi Illada Tavaru, Veerappa Nayaka, Gauri Ganesha, Bombat Hendthi (Karnataka State award Winner), Muddina Maava, Midida Hrudayagalu. Soon after these films, Shruti was stereotyped for tear jerking roles in many Kannada films. She won her first Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress for the movie Aagatha (1995) directed by Suresh Heblikar.

In her career spanning for more than two decades, she acted with all the leading male stars in the film industry of her times like Vishnuvardhan, Ambareesh, Shiva Rajkumar, Shashikumar, Ramesh Aravind, Jaggesh, Devaraj, Sunil, Abhijeeth, Ram Kumar and others.

Her Tamil film Kalki (1996) directed by the ace director K. Balachander won her the Filmfare Award and also the Tamil Nadu State Award for Best Actress.

Shruti made her small screen debut in the Malayalam serial "Sthreethvam" aired on Surya TV during 2005. Also, her Tamil daily serial, Karthigai Pengal aired on Sun TV from July 2012.

Shruti was a contestant in the reality television show Bigg Boss Kannada 3, winning the season, in January 2016.[5] In 2017, she appeared as a judge in the comedy television series Majaa Bharatha.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Shruti was married to film director S. Mahendar for 11 years and divorced in 2009.[7] Post her divorce, she was romantically linked with Chakravarthy Chandrachud, a journalist-turned-director and they married in June 2013 before the marriage ended in a divorce an year later.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Language Notes
1989 Swantham Ennu Karuthi Malayalam
1990 Nambidre Nambi Bitre Bidi Kannada Credited as Priyadarshini
Aasegobba Meesegobba
Shruthi Shruthi
Vedikkai En Vadikkai Uma Tamil
1991 Gauri Ganesha Gowri Kannada
Nagu Nagutha Nali
Punda Prachanda
C. B. I. Shiva
1992 Sindhoora Thilaka
Bombat Hendthi
Chitralekha
Edurmaneli Ganda Pakkadmaneli Hendthi
Shambhavi
Thevar Veettu Ponnu Tamil
Pellaniki Premalekha Priyuraliki Subhalekha Keerthi Telugu
Ksheera Sagara Kannada
1993 Abhijith
Alimayya
Dakshayini
Durga Pooje
Ranjitha
Kempaiah IPS
Rupaayi Raja
Midida Hrudayagalu
Muddina Maava
Amruta Sindhu
Parugo Parugu Saroja Telugu
1994 Rashmi Kannada
Rasika
Jaana
Sammilana
Hettha Karulu Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
Time Bomb
1995 Thumbida Mane
Maangalya Sakshi
Mojugara Sogasugara
Taayi Illada Tavaru
Aagatha Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
1996 Karpoorada Gombe
Thavarina Thottilu
Geluvina Saradara
Kalki Kalki Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
1997 Oral Mathram Devika Menon Malayalam
Taaliya Sowbhagya Kannada
1998 Bhama Satyabhama Bhama
Kottaram Veettile Apputtan Ambili Malayalam
Goonda Mattu Police Kannada
Jagadeeshwari
Tavarina Kanike
1999 Annan Thangachi Sarasu Tamil
Veerappa Nayaka Kannada
2000 Soorappa
Kadlimatti Station Master
Mahathma
Swalpa Adjust Madkolli
2001 Amma Ninna Tholinalli
Gattimela Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
Jenu Goodu
2002 Annayya Thammayya
2003 Swantham Malavika Malayalam
2004 C. I. Mahadevan 5 Adi 4 Inchu Dr. Lakshmi
Gowdru Gowri Kannada Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress

Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress- Kannada

2005 Rama Shama Bhama Shanti Vatika Chalana Chitra Award for Best Comedian

Nominated - Udaya film Award for Best Comedian

Nominated - Udaya Film Award Best Supporting Actress

Nominated - Filmfare award for Supporting Actress - Kannada

Pandu Ranga Vittala
Ben Johnson Malayalam
Maanikyan
2006 Shyamam
Saira
Sirivantha Kannada
2008 Navashakti Vaibhava
Avva Aane Baddi Rangavva
Nandadeepa
Akka Thangi Nagi
2009 Chellidaru Sampigeya
2011 Sri Naga Shakthi
Take It Easy
Puttakkana Highway Puttakka Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada
Nominated, TV9 Film Award for Best Supporting Actress - Kannada
Nominated, Innovative Award for Best Supporting Actress - Kannada
Nominated, Sandalwood Star Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated, Udaya Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated, Suvarna Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress
Aidondla Aidu
2012 Sri Kshetra Adichunchanagiri
Rambo Vijayalakshmi
Kalpana Janaki Nominated, Sandalwood Star Award for Best Comedian
Nominated, Udaya Film Award for Best Comedian
Nominated, Suvarna Film Award for Best Comedian
Nominated, Udaya Film Award for Best Supporting Acterss
Nominated, Suvarna Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2013 Gombegala Love Karnataka Vanijya Mandali Award for Best Supporting Actress
Bachchan Lakshmi
2015 Ond Chance Kodi
2016 Shivayogi Sri Puttayyajja
1944
Home Stay Hindi
Kannada
Tamil
2017 Marali Manege Kannada
Dandupalya 2 Abhivyakthi
College Kumar
2018 Dandupalya 3 Abhivyakthi

Television[edit]

TV serials[edit]

Television Shows[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shruthi Celebrated Birthday on the Sets". supergoodmovies.com. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bangalore: Shruti Prefers 'Chandra' over 'Indra' - Marries Childhood Friend". daijiworld.com. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Actress Shruthi wins Bigg Boss Kannada season 3". Daily News and Analysis. 31 January 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Shruthi, Varthur shown door". Deccan Herald. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Shruthi wins Bigg Boss!". The Times of India. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "Shruthi, Narayan turns judge for Majaa Bharatha". The Times of India. 6 February 2017. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "Actress Shruthi applies for divorce". indiaglitz. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Kannada star Shruthi marries at Kollur Temple". 

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Preceded by
Akul Balaji (2014)
Bigg Boss Kannada Winner
(Series 3) 2015
Succeeded by